After an auto injury, it's common for people to hold off on getting treatment. Most people think, "I'll just wait to see how I feel next week." This approach can be a problem.
A number of medical studies have found that when a patient gets early treatment after a wreck, they have a better end result than those patients who wait to get care.
During a crash, the structures of your neck can be stretched or torn. You may not feel pain right away. But as the tissues become irritated and inflamed, people often get up the next day sore and with a stiff neck.
Soreness and tightness are indicators of damage to the ligaments and muscular tissues of your neck. The body's reaction to injury is to limit movement and to repair the damage by directing white blood cells to the area. Your body will then begin mending the wounded area by laying down scar tissue.
The trouble with scar tissue is that each segment in your neck has a comparatively limited range of motion. Scar tissue decreases that motion even more, and if you don't receive proper care, that can result in permanently limited mobility, long-term pain, and even spinal degeneration of the joints.
Receiving prompt treatment will break up this pattern by increasing motion in the injured area and by protecting against the development of scar tissue.
If you've been in a crash, it's imperative that you consult a health care provider without delay to be examined and to begin the process of healing.
If you have been in a crash, Dr. Bogan is here in Tulsa, OK to help. We can work to establish the underlying source of your pain and develop a plan of action to help you reclaim your health. We have helped many people in Tulsa, OK heal from these sorts of injuries since 1981 and we might be able to help you, too!
Call our office today at (918) 832-7880 for a consultation or for more information.